South African finance minister Malusi Gigaba delivered his maiden Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement in Parliament on Wednesday. PHOTO: PHANDO JIKELO / ANA PHOTO

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Home Affairs Minister launches new biometric ID database

PARLIAMENT, May 16 – Despite a constrained budget, South Africa’s Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba on Wednesday said his department remained geared towards full digitisation of the national identification database.
 
Gigaba launched the Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS), which is set to replace the old database.
 
“The intergraded multi-modal biometric system, ABIS, is at the cutting edge of building new, digital, national identification system for South Africa,” the minister said in a media briefing ahead of tabling his budget vote in Parliament.
 
“The ABIS allows us to take various forms of your identity, your palm print, your footprint, and soon we will be taking DNA and having a DNA database.”
 
Gigaba said the aim was to bring South Africa on par with some of the more advanced countries in the world.

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